Holding pink balloons, dozens of protesters gathered across the street from the downtown site of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast early Saturday to urge the city to provide emergency shelter for 1,000 homeless women in the next six months. The protest, part of what organizers are calling. (read more)


A West Virginia judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by a coal magnate who was ridiculed on HBO’s late-night show “Last Week Tonight” by host John Oliver. Oliver targeted Murray Energy Chief Executive Robert Murray during a segment last June that blasted his company and criticized the standards. (read more)


Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Feb. (read more)

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